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. that's all for us tonight. >>> welcome, everyone. tonight, a keeping them honest special. an investigation into charity cheats. when you open your heart and your wallet to help a charity, how do you know your money will be put to good use? in the next hour, we're going to bring you drew griffin's investigation of the charities accused of collecting millions of dollars in donations and not spending it where donors expect it. one of the charities under scrutiny is called the disabled veterans national foundation. that's their logo, looks very official. dvnf. there is no sign that any of the cash donations, $56 million they have raised over three years, went directly to the men and women who sacrificed so much in war zones, not one dime. because of drew's reporting, the senate finance committee is demanding answers from the dvnf. more on that tonight. drew also uncovered yet another veterans charity called the national veterans foundation, which is taking donations, but using only a very small percentage to actually help vets. there are also charities that claim to help aban
but the money trail led somewhere else entirely. baghdad pups is used to reunite military animals but they don't do that at all. in the montreal spca, a canadian charity, received about $13 million in donations over three years but despite all of that money, they've ended up in the hole more than $4.5 million. all of these charities have one thing in common. they all have connections to a fundraising company called quadriga art. the company gets paid to build mailing lists. that's where the money trail took drew. getting answers along the way was another. >> hi, how are you. >> we're for the going to be doing anything on camera. >> bottom line, you're not going to give me an interview? >> where is the money going? >> he's not in? >> here's the question. over three years and none of the money has gone to any veterans. ma'am? >> you think if the money was going where they said it was going and everything was on the up and up, they'd want to be completely transparent, right? drew has been investigating this for years in some cases, and they are refusing to answer. literally getting d
that a great deal of us waste hundreds of millions of dollars of our charitable dollars intended to help veterans is being squandered and wasted by opportunists and individuals and companies that seek -- see it as a profit-making opportunity. >> reporter: daniel borochoff runs a charity watchdog group out of this office in chicago. he grades charities on just how much good and bad they do with your donations. veterans and military charities are some of the worst, he says. and that includes the disabled veterans national foundation, which he gives an f. because hardly any of the donations make it to the people the group is fund-raising for. so back to that $56 million the group has raised. if it hasn't gone to direct contributions to veterans, where exactly did it go? >> as far as we can tell, up to the tenth floor of this manhattan office building to a company called quadriga arts, a company that specializes in fund-raising. and as far as we know, they know a lot about fund-raising for itself. it is a private company which according to its website raises money for more than 500 charities
other republicans. what i'm told is that franks said his regret was mostly in using the name and that it overshadowed the general point that they were trying to make. i should also say franks told republican colleagues that he still stands behind that question and what he wants the inspectors general across the government to investigate. you know, you talked about the fact that republican leaders, at least some of them, have really shunned this leader. i talked to a pretty conservative congressman today who said a lot of us, conservatives like me, are saying are you kidding me? they're idiots for making this mistake. why go after hillary's body person without having rock solid evidence. >> you said this whole thing was a wake up call. how so? >> well, i think what it really points to, and i think that the events of the so called mosque at ground zero, that, you know, we have a kind of deep anti-muslim here in the united states. if you look at poland, you find out that a considerable number of people are willing to believe anything about islam and muslims. people like newt gin
heart and wallet to help a charity, how do you know your money is going to be put to good use? drew griffin investigated charities and not spending where donors expect tmt one of the charities under scrutiny is squall called dvnf. there's no sign that the cash donations, more than $56 million over three years, went directly to the men and women who sacrificed so much in war zones. not one dime of that money. the senate finance committee is demanding money from the dvnf. they have launched an investigation into its practices. more on that tonight. drew also uncovered the national veterans foundation, which is taking donations but using only a very small percentage to actually help vets. there are also charities that claim to help abandoned animals but the money trail led somewhere else entirely. baghdad pups is used to reunite military animals but they don't do that at all. in the montreal spca, a canadian charity, received about $13 million in donations over three years but despite all of that money, they've ended up in the hole more than $4.5 million. all of these charities have on
to help a charity, how do you know your money is going to be put to good use? in the next hour, we'll bring you drew griffin's investigation into charities and not spending where donors expect. one of the charities under scrutiny is called disabled veterans national foundation, dvnf. remember those initials. there's no sign that the cash donations, more than $56 million they've raised over three years, went directly to the men and women who sacrificed so much in war zones. not one dime of that money. because of drew's reporting, the senate finance committee is now demanding answers from the dvnf. they have launched an investigation into its practices. more on that tonight. drew also uncovered yet another veterans charity, called the national veterans foundation, which is taking donations but using only a very small percentage to actually help vets. there are also charities that claim to help abandoned animals but the money trail led somewhere else entirely. baghdad pups has raised millions to reunite military personnel was the animals they served overseas. but as far as we can tell
are alleging massive infiltration of the u.s. government by radical islam i can gee haddists. one of those law makers refused to answer questions about her unproven claim that muslim extremists had infiltrated the government and john mccain took an extraordinary step and went on the senate floor calling her out on it. >> when anyone, not least a member of congress, launches degrading attacks against fellow americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation and we all grow poorer because of it. >> now, this almost never happens. a sitting member of congress publicly scolding other sitting members let alone members of members of his party. as we've been reporting, they want the inspectors general of five security agencies to look into what bachmann calls the possible deep penetration, her words, of muslim extremists in the government. they're pointing fingers at a particular person, this woman, huma abedin, implying that she may be somehow working on behalf of the muslim brotherhood. again, senator mccain tod
levels of the u.s. government. even working side by side with secretary of state hillary clinton. the evidence they point to, however, well, it's questionable at best. are calling for an investigation because what she terms the possible deep penetration, her words, of muslim extremists into the u.s. government. in letters to it is inspectors general for five different government security agencies. we've been digging into one of their most serious claims. they point finger, at this woman, huma abadin, secretary of state hillary clinton's deputy chief of staff. implying she may somehow be working on behalf of the muslim brotherhood. now, you would think to make a charge like that for sitting members of congress to make a charge like that, that they would have some actual evidence, right? you would think that. but the truth is they don't have any direct evidence. what they have are allegations of past connections of relatives of hers that are tenuous best. has called for bachmann to produce credible evidence. so bachmann produced a 16 page letter she sent to the congressman. we're g
the group filed this tax form claiming it provided more than $838,000 in gifts in kind to u.s. vets, a charity in arizona. u.s. vets showed us what actually was sent. 20 pairs of men's football pants, more than 100 chefs coats, 125 chef's aprons. a needle point design pillow case. two pages worth of stuff the director told us, we don't need. and take a look at what showed up at the st. benedicts veterans center in birmingham, alabama. the modest shipment included some useful items. 2300 disaster blankets good for a couple days' use and some cleaning supplies. but it also included this. >> they sent us 2600 bags of cough drops and 2200 little bottles of sanitizer and 11,520 bags of coconut m&ms and didn't have a lot of use for 11,500 coconut m&ms. >> here's what they posted on their website about the work they were doing in alabama. >> we send by the truckload items that these shelters say they need desperately. >> for our veterans that have given so much to our country and now need our help. >> great sound bite. >> did they ever ask you what you wanted? >> no. they always call and s
we think you deserve a look at the people they've been targeting and the tactics they've been using. they've named these two asking a federal inspectors general to investigate muslim brotherhood infiltration. on the right is mohammed elibiary. on the right is huma abedin. both have received threats since being named. some top republicans have risen to her defense. >> these allegations and the report from which they're drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated american and a loyal public servant. >> the bachmann five website that claims to connect ms. abedin to the muslim brotherhood in this convoluted way. through an organization her late father started decades ago which allegedly had the support of another guy who had another organization that might have had the support of another organization the muslim brotherhood. the website also makes allegations against her brother and mother. as a top aide to the secretary of state, miss abedin has a security clearance. and as such has undergone extensive background checks. now, last
, but consequences for our foreign policy for all of us. it has a real world impact. these allegations are having an impact right now around the world affecting american foreign policy in one of the most sensitive regions around the earth the middle east. we'll show you how in just a moment. first i want to show you what congresswoman bachmann is basing this on. in a 16-page letter, she says that huma abedin's late father, mother and brother are connected to the muslim brotherhood. here's how she figures it. here dead father, who is a professor of social science and the founder of the institute of muslim minority affairs in saudi arabia, decades ago. now bachmann attributes this information to a 2002 article out of brigham young university. according to that article, the institute had the support of another man who is a former general secretary of another group called the muslim world league. now bachmann says according to the pugh forum has a history being closely aligned in partnering with the muslim brother hood. huma abedin's deceased father started an organization, decades ago, allegedly had
miller who joins us now that the letter inside spoke of shooting people and included crude drawings of a gunman and his victims. do we know, john, from your sources, have you heard why this letter wasn't discovered sooner? >> well, we have a little conflict there. what we were told by law enforcement sources earlier in the day. and i have to say, this has been made extremely more difficult than it needs to be by a gag order that's been placed on all of the investigators and the district attorney who's not commenting. so getting information is like pulling teeth, even in an issue of public concern. but to update that, what we're told is it was mailed before the shooting, possibly days before the smohooting. what the university is saying now is it arrived at their facilities services building on monday, july 23, that it was in the mix of mail there. and that when they found it, investigators were called. they looked atle package. they looked at a bomb squad. that caused the evacuation of the building right around 12:30. so it appears as pressure from this story builds, people a diggin
's a gold medal performance. that's all for us tonight. "anderson cooper" starts now. >> piers thanks. >>> good evening, everyone. it's 10:00 on the east coast. we begin tonight keeping them honest. with new developments concerning unproven allegations by five republican members of congress that our government is being infiltrated by radical jihadists, members of the muslim brotherhood. we've reported on this numerous times over the last couple weeks. because we have, i've had people and groups point fingers at me, and saying i'm ignorant and nigh ave or aiding and abetting muslim extremists. i've seen radical islamists up close in bosnia, somalia, iraq and other places. i've seen the horrible things they've done overseas and in this country as weapon. later in the broadcast, we're going to look at the role foreign jihadists are playing in syria right now. i'm not defending radical islamists nor am i naive to their beliefs. but what i am talking about is people working in this government making allegations or spreading innuendos about them without any direct evidence. they're dragging
targeting and the tactics they've been using. they've named these two in letters asking a federal insp t inspectors general to investigate. on the left is a man who is a member of president obama's homeland security advisory council. on the right is huma abba continue. both have received threats since being named. some top republicans ha s havss to her defense. >> these allegations and the report from which they're drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated american and a loyal public servant. >> the website in the following way. through an organization her late father started decades ago which allegedly had the support of another guy who had another organization that might have had the support of another organization the muslim brotherhood. the website also makes allegations against her brother and mother. as a top aide to the secretary of state, miss abedin has a security clearance. and as such has undergone extensive background checks. now, last fall, the fbi gave him an award for, quote, his extraordinary contributions for specific
. and there are questions that remain. we're told there's verbiage kind of a pent-up, was the phrase used writings about shooting people. and that there were some very ruddment tear images in there of a shooter and victims. but the real question, anderson, which i know is what we're all wondering is a, were was there anything in there that was specific to the date the batman show or something else. and b, is there anything that gives -- that sheds any light on moti motive. and right now, we can't learn th that. >> john, stick around. i want to bring in james alan fox who we often consult with. professor, you say it's not unusual for mass murderers to actually reach out to people before actually committing a crime. >> right. they reach out in either a threat or a call for help. but it's not unusual for them also to send letters, timed so they will be received after the shooting in an explanation for why they did what they did. there was a shooter at the university of iowa who sent letters to the media, time when his rampage was committed. in arizona, same thing. frequently, mass murderers will send lette
to work with troubled teenagers. she joins us later. we begin with breaking news. al package from the alleged shooter found in the news room. at the university of colorado. he mailed it days before the massacre, addressing it to one of his professors at the university colorado's campus in aurora. it arrived days before the shooting but was not discovered until monday afternoon when police found it in the mail room. . they sent in the bomb squad, handled it by robot and x-rayed the parcel just in case. sources telling john miller who joins us now that the letter inside spoke of shooting people and included crude drawings of a gunman and his victims. do we know, john, from your sources, have you heard why this letter wasn't discovered sooner? >> well, we have a little conflict there. which is what we were told by law enforcement sources earlier in the day. and i have to say, this has been made extremely more difficult than it needs to be by a gag order that's been placed on all of the investigators and the district attorney who's not commenting. so getting information is like pullin
foreigners were coming to america to give birth to future terrorists. babies with u.s. citizenship under the 14th amendment who would then be taken back to the middle east, raised for about 20 years, trained overseas as terrorists, and then be able to come back to the united states because they had u.s. passports. insidious, right? the in a speech on the house floor, congressman gohmert presented all this as fact. say a former fbi agent told him the fbi had been looking into this problem. he cited a second source. a hamas-loving grandmother on a plane in the middle east. naturally, i had a lot of questions for the congressman. did you bring it to the attention of the fbi -- >> -- on the -- she brought it to my attention on an airplane -- having flown together and she brought that to my attention. that's why i was talking to the retired fbi agent about it, and so having talked to him, no, i didn't talk to them, because the point is, when we did the research, we found the hole existed -- >> wait what research? could you tell us about the research? >> you're attacking the messenger. anderso
to say. rare, candid and controversial. tomorrow night. that's all for us tonight. good evening, everyone. we begin tonight keeping them honest with five members of congress who are claiming that muslim extremists have infiltrated the highest levels of the u.s. government. even working side by side with secretary of state hillary clinton. the evidence they point to, however, well, it's questionable at best. are calling for an investigation because what she terms the possible deep penetration, her words, of muslim extremists into the u.s. government. these law makers have laid out their case in letters to inspect ors in letters to it is inspectors general for five different government security agencies. we've been digging into one of their most serious claims. they point finger, at this woman, huma abedin, secretary of state hillary clinton's deputy chief of staff. implying she may somehow be working on behalf of the muslim brotherhood. and questioning how she got a security clearance. now, you would think to make a charge like that for sitting members of congress to make a charge like tha
and controversial. tomorrow night. that's all for us tonight. nigh court. my exclusive with justice scalia. that's all for us tonight. "ac360" starts now. >>> it's 10:00 here on the east coast. we begin tonight keeping them honest with five members of congress who are claiming that muslim extremists have infiltrated the highest levels of the u.s. government even maybe working side by side with secretary of state hillary clinton. the evidence they point to, however, is questionable at best. representative michele bachmann and four of her republican colleagues in congress are calling for an investigation because of what she terms the possible depenetration, her words, he muslim extremists into the u.s. government. these lawmakers have laid out their case in letters to the inspectors general for five different government security agencies. the last 24 hours we've been digging into one of their most serious claims. they point fingers at this woman. secretary of state hillary clinton's deputy chief of staff. implying that she may be somehow working on behalf of the muslim brotherhood and questioning
. thanks so much, as always, for joining us. "a.c. 360." starts right now. >>> you'll hear from the family of gordon cowden, the oldest shooting victim. he'll be buried tomorrow. how he lived his life. and you'll hear from a survivor shot three times. a young man who was within inches of death. >> i was just laying there. and i felt him literally standing right above me. his boot couldn't have been no more than six inches away from my head. and i heard a couple more shots. and at that point the first thought going through my head was "he's just -- he's going to finish what he started right now," you know, i just laid there and i thought, "this is it, this is it." >> he says he felt a curtain of darkness falling and just as quickly it was as if the sun came out. tonight, he'll tell you about how dark turned to day. he knew he would make it out of that theater alive. we begin with another report. an update on an important story we've been following for months now. try to get answers keeping them honest. we told you about a number of supposed charities which have raised many of millions of do
that the u.s. government is being infiltrated by radical jihadists. we've reported on this over the last few weeks. i've already had some people in groups start to point fingers at me and say i'm at best ignorant or naive and at worst aiding and abetting muslimics stre icics e. i've seen radical islam ists up close. i've seen the horrible things they've done overseas and in this country as well. later in the broadcast, we're going to look at the role foreign jihadists are playing in syria now. i'm not defending radical jihadists. nor am i naive to their intentions or beliefs. sitting members of congress, people in important positions of power, who are point fingers at individuals working in the government making allegations or spreading innuendo about them without any direct evidence. they're dragging people's names through the mud. these are the five members of congress who we're talking about. michele bachmann, thomas rooney and lynn west moreland. over the weekendhey got a new and powerful ally it seems, newt gingrich. he refers to congresswoman bachmann and the others as the national sec
, the dvnf says they do give away what the group claims are millions of dollars in useful stuff to small veterans charities around the country. drew griffin has been following the money right from the start and he's been getting a lot of doors slammed in his face. >> hi, how are you? >> we're not going to be doing any on camera. >>> so the bottom line is you're not going to give me an interview. >> where is the money going? i'm trying to reach mr. shoeoff. oh, he's not in? so here is the question, raised over three years, and none of the money has gone to any veterans. ma'am? >> as you can see, it hasn't been easy. you would think any charity who would want to be transparent would answer questions. if they weren't doing anything wrong. not this one. he did manage to visit one of those small charities where he found some items that could help vets. he also found a lot useless so-called gifts in kind, including those coconut candy m&ms that apparently don't melt in your hand but sure leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. >> candy's one of the most requested -- >> reporter: roy runs charity
for an investigation to root out muslim infiltration in the u.s. government is louis gomer from texas. in 2002 he was sounding alarm over what we termed -- excuse me. 2010 he was sounding alarm of over what we term terror babies. terror baby conspiracy. making this explosive claim that pregnant foreigners were coming to america to give birth to future terrorists. babies with u.s. citizenship under the 14th amendment who would then be taken back to the middle east, raised for about 20 years, trained overseas as terrorists and then be able to come back to the united states because they had u.s. passports. insidious, right? in a speech on the house floor congressman gomer actually presented all of this as fact saying a former fbi agent told him the fbi had been looking into this problem. later he cited a second source, a hamas loving grandmother on a plane in the middle east. actually, i had a lot of questions for the congressman. >> tid you bring it to the attention of the fbi? did you call the fbi? >> she brought it to my attention on the narrow -- having flown together. she brought that to my att
-- you say goodbye and i say hello. thanks so much for joining us. i'm tom foreman. "anderson cooper 360" starts right now. >>> tom, thanks very much. good evening, everyone. we have breaking news about congressman jesse jackson jr. who hasn't been seen in weeks. there is word tonight after more than a month of utter silence about congressman jesse jackson jr.'s medical condition, there's been a lot of rumors as well as reporting that's just flat-out wrong about what's been going on with the congressman. tonight, his doctor says he's being treated for what's described as a mood disorder. our kate baldwin is bourque working her sources. we're going to try to get to the bottom of this. it's very unusual for a sitting member of congress to disappear for weeks without any explan in addition. but before we get to that, we have a 360 exclusive. now, for months, as you know, we've been covering the investigation into the fast and furious gun running operation. tonight, the mother and cousin of slain border patrol agent brian terry, the man you see right there, who was killed in connection with
them overly intoxicated or by using date rain drugs. >> reporter: they're rapists? >> yes, they're rapists. >> reporter: according to jacques who worked for two major crew lines, crew members are often complicit, even using on-board computers, passenger manifests to spot their prey. you know this? >> yes, i know this for a fact. >> reporter: hard to believe? we thought so too. until we met laura haynes, who worked for 17 years as an agent with customs and border protection. her main job, she says, was dealing with passengers and staff on cruise ships. and she shares the same opinion and concerns as jacques. so your estimate of ships that go out to sea, loaded with passengers, that may have at least one predator on board -- >> yes. >> reporter: is? >> 85%. >> reporter: you heard right, 85%. crimes are rarely reported. and in many instances, even if caught, crew members could still end up on another ship. >> and the cruise lines say that doesn't happen and i know for a fact it does because i've seen it. >> reporter: the cruise line international association disputes her assertion.
as the tricky but by no means impossible mechanics of it. first, tax or penalty? joining us now, ari fleischer, cnn political contributor and former white house press secretary for george w. bush. all, bill burton, senior strategist for the top pro-obama super pac and senior legal analyst for cnn jeffrey toobin. jeff, let me begin with you. it's a simple question but not a simple answer. tax or penalty? >> john roberts' opinion said that this penalty, tax, whatever you want to call it, this punishment, this payment, was justified under the taxing power of the constitution. that was why he approved the whole plan. that's what he said. what a bunch of politicians want to call it is the fight we're having now. >> to be really clear, if you parse the opinion, it suggests that those who don't go out and get the insurance under the new law will be punished with a tax. >> correct. that's exactly what the opinion holds. it's not a lot of people. if massachusetts is the example we're talking about, it's about 1% of the population refused to get health insurance and can afford it, those people will be p
romney offered his condolences. >> each one of us will hold our kids a little closer, linger a bit longer with a colleague or a neighbor, reach out to a family member or friend. we'll all spend a little less time thinking about the worries of our day and more time wondering about how to help those who are in need of compassion most. >> we'll tell you all we know about the killer but focus as little as possible on him. we do want to show you minute by minute just what the victims were up against. take a look. >> it's about 12:30 a.m. into the sold out premier of the movie. he throws tear gas into the room through the exit door which he had propped open earlier after purchasing a ticket to the movie and sneaking out of the theater. it ignites causing confusion. >> this popping started happening, i thought it was fire works like someone playing a prank. and smoke started rising. >> reporter: witnesses say the gunman enters the theater. >> he came down with his gun in my face. he was about three feet away from me at that point. i was terrified. >> reporter: the terror spreads. eyewitnesss des
could get off. i'm told by our source the after-market extended magazines, like he was using in this case, do have a tendency to jam. thank goodness, anderson, it did. >> randi, thanks very much for that. one of the people who lost their lives inside that theater, alex teves. his father, tom, is with me now. his mom karen is also here in aurora. alex was mortally wounded while shielding his girlfriend from gunfire. alex died a hero. his father faced his suspect in court. he saw, in his own words, a coward. he joins us now. i'm so sorry for your loss. it sounds like such a hollow thing to say. how are you holding up? >> you've got to move forward. alex would have expected us to live. we're going to live. alex was all about life. i can talk about being -- i didn't really dress up but there's a reason for this. alex was the type of kid who brought people together. when he was in high school, for no reason whatsoever, well, alex used to wear blue jeans and a white t-shirt every day to school. and my wife, being the anal retentive woman she is. there would be 16 laundry shirts on
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